Rankin County Jail – Brandon, MS

Rankin County Jail is in Rankin County, MS and is the correctional facility for this area. Looking for somebody in jail at Rankin County Jail? This site tells you all about anything you might want to know about Rankin County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Rankin County court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information you need to make going to jail easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that would be beneficial to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Rankin County Jail
221 North Timber Street
Brandon, MS 39042

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 601-825-1480
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to locate them?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To look up who is in jail at Rankin County Jail you have to navigate to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Rankin County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons currently in custody, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can also get info about anyone processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can locate the information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member might be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Mississippi jails: Other Jails in Mississippi


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is a photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one full face and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Rankin County Jail prisoners can be found on the website, or you can view them at the Rankin County Jail. When viewing online you will need to put in the first and last name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Rankin County Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to show up for court, and you must not leave the county.

Typically, an inmate at Rankin County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay jail each day after work, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to post 10% of the amount that was determined in order to be released. If you don’t show up for your court date, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, its easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman might request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some simple questions, such as your full name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Do you have any things that could help other people get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged will take from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge must determine the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a release date, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be sure that you aren’t late. Only bring required items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be put into the visitors log as an approved visitor. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
The Rankin County Jail visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Rankin County Jail phone number is: 601-825-1480

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail delivery. You must write or type the name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Rankin County Jail, use this address:

Rankin County Jail
221 North Timber Street
Brandon, MS 39042

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Rankin County Jail
221 North Timber Street
Brandon, MS 39042


The Rankin County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so we suggest that you check the official Rankin County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system in Rankin County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more info on this, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a case file containing a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You can access your court case records with the internet service, or by going to the Rankin County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are held at Rankin County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrates do different functions, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember you are allowed to ask to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, just access the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Rankin County jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not find the street address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file containing a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Rankin County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to see if someone has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Rankin County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Rankin County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Rankin County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Rankin County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to someone in jail at Rankin County Jail could change, so it would be best to visit the official website before send funds to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Rankin County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Rankin County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Rankin County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up in Rankin County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Rankin County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write down what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

    What to put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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  1. Lisa T. says:

    I can’t seem to be able to locate my son in Rankin County Jail online. Please advise what web site I can use to find out his information concerning his charges.
    Thank you,

    • Amanda says:

      As far as the charges go, if he is in Rankin County Jail, you will have to call the Brandon Court House, Justice Court department to find out his charges and if he has a scheduled court date yet other than the preliminary hearing that he is given within a few days of booking/intake. Hope this is helpful :)

  2. Amanda says:

    The only website I have found that works is VineLink 2.0. It will bring up the processing picture, booking ID number, booking date, release date if available. Also you can sign up your phone for up to date notifications such as release date changes and court appearanes. Hope this was helpful :)

  3. Amanda says:

    You say their are resources for the family of the person in jail. I have not heard of any of these or seen them posted at the jail. If Rankin County Jail really wanted to treat their “inmates” like human beings who have family as well, they would let them be allowed to see their children on visitation days and that visitation days are only one Saturday a month. I think this is just disheartening. Other jails are not like that. Same as phone calls. Jail phone calls are much more expensive in MS than other states. Yes, the “inmates” made their mistakes and their already paying their time for it. Why should they have to sacrifice everything else? Its like the Jail is deliberately trying to force families apart making it so hard on them to stay together as a family unit. I understand the difference between the inmate and the victim; however, family of the inmate should not be “forced” to be a victim as well.

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